There’s something about the color blue that fits well with lyrics to sad music, but one Jacksonville band attempts to expand emotion in the hue with their latest release.

The Nixon Tapes digitally dropped their EP Indigo last Friday, available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify.

The conceptual release features four tailor-made tracks that hit a range of emotions and seem chronologically organized like the five stages of grief. It starts fierce, acknowledges imperfection, accepts defeat and overcomes in an alternative emo soundscape.

According to singer and guitarist Carson Hall, 21, his maturing perspective influenced the songwriting for Indigo, leaving the teenage feelings from their first album Better Days at the door.

“With this record, I wanted to try something new and write with an affirmative point of view,” Hall said. “This is about taking control of me, and not letting the situations control how I am.”

Comparable to sounds from bands like Pile and Hum to Death Cab for Cutie and Nirvana, Indigo seems to hit a sweet spot between a post-grunge and shoegaze vibe with some pop sensibility.

From left to right: Taylor Neal, Brian Lester, Jack Hoag and Carson Hall.
(Photo courtesy of The Nixon Tapes)

The record’s title comes from the second track on the release called “Drip.” Hall said the color indigo is deeper than the color.

“I’m a geek, and sometimes I look up what colors mean,” Hall said. “Whenever you look at the color, or have the color around you, it can enhance or bring down your mood … the highs are the highest and the lows are the lowest.”

According to 19-year-old guitarist Taylor Neal, indigo is a moldable muse, or anything that holds some sort of value.

“Indigo is just something that holds a lot of momentum in your life,” Neal said. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be a person. Indigo is totally something different for every single person.”

Neal, who studies music business at Jacksonville University, tracked and mixed Indigo in drummer Brian Lester’s San Marco apartment last spring.

“I had ideas set in my mind of what I wanted each song to accomplish,” Neal said. “Some things worked, some didn’t, but I really like the fact that everyone interpreted their own parts.”

Now with new bass player Jack Hoag and fresh tunes for the world to listen to, the future for this Jacksonville four piece seems to be a brighter shade of blue.

The Nixon Tapes plan to formally debut their EP to the world at a joint-release show with Boysin and Jacob Hudson at Mockshop Music Exchange in Murray Hill Saturday, Jan. 27.  The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased in advance.

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